4 Kids Bike Safety Checks

4 Kids Bike Safety Checks

Safety first everyone!

This week we’re teaching our kids how to be safe on their bikes, and that starts with proper bike maintenance before every ride. Since we know that children learn better by doing than listening, let’s learn the A B C’s of bike maintenance!


Step 1 - Air 

Check your tire pressure. All tires have a recommended PSI range listed on the side of the tire. Here's a pro tip - if you're riding on pavement, run the PSI on the higher side. If you're riding off-road, run the PSI lower. The lower PSI makes the ride feel smoother and helps provide more traction when it gets a little loose. 


Step 2 - Brakes 

The easiest way to see if your brakes are working well is to pick the wheel off the ground and spin it. It should spin freely with no issues. If it isn't this could mean that the brake pads are rubbing the rims. Before getting on the bike, grab each brake lever and try to roll the bike forward. If you can’t move the wheel, that’s good and means your brakes are working.


Step 3 - Chain 

Give your chain a little love! If there is rust, corrosion or wear remove and wipe down with a clean rag and add a little chain oil along the length of the chain. A clean bike is a happy bike!


Step 4 - Drop Test 

The drop test is just that - dropping your bike. Raise your bike by the handlebars and seat a couple inches from the ground and drop your bike, now don't let it flop over - keep a hold of it! Did anything rattle, loosen or fall off altogether? If so, you have a bit of maintenance to do. If not and you've done all the above steps - you're ready to go! 


See, it's as easy as A B C D ;). And don’t forget to buckle that helmet! 


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